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Myanmar – Sri Lankan Buddhist extremists join hands to beat “jihadist threat”

(NIDAHASA News) Myanmar's Hardline Buddhist monk Wirathu vowed to join hands with Sri Lanka's Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) to save his religion from ” Islamic jihadists.”

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(NIDAHASA News) Myanmar's Hardline Buddhist monk Wirathu vowed to join hands with Sri Lanka's Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) to save his religion from ” Islamic jihadists.”

“To protect and defend the threatened Buddhist the world over, my 969 movement will join hands with the BBS,” Wirathu told the gathering organized by the Sri Lanka's most powerful far-right-wing Buddhist group.

The founder of Myanmar's 969 movement also thanked President Mahinda Rajapaksa for allowing him to enter the country amid resistance from local Muslim groups.

The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka had earlier written to president Rajapaksa asking not to issue visa to Wirathu, who, they warned, would “pose a serious threat to peace in our beloved motherland”.

Sugadathasa indoor stadium, which has around 5,000 seating capacity, was packed with monks and their lay supporters.

Addressing the summit, BBS president Kirama Wimalajothi told they would campaign for a Sinhala Buddhist government in coming elections.

“Sri Lanka is not a multi-religious country.” Wimalajothi said adding that the “Sinhala Buddhist country” is now facing a serious threat from what he called “extremist Muslim and Christian groups”.

BBS General Secretary Galabodaatte Gnanasara, addressing the gathering, issued ultimatum to all major political leaders to bring about the change the BBS expects or face the consequences.

“Our Chinthanaya cannot be the Chinthanaya of D.S. Senanayake or Bandaranayake but the Lord Buddha,” he said.

The CEO of the BBS Dilantha Withanage said that Sri Lankan National Flag must be changed in order to recognise the Sinhalese community only and not the minorities. He also underscored the need of new constitution to “protect the majority.”

BBS, backed by president Rajapaksa's brother and defense sectary Gotabaya, has been linked to stepped-up attacks against minority Muslims and Christians in the past two years. Their popular face Galagodaatte Gnanasara, has been compared to Wirathu, who has been accused of ratcheting up tensions between Buddhists and Muslims in his own country.

Gnanasara has described both of them as “peaceful monks with no blood on our hands”.

Buddhists-Muslims clashes in Myanmar have left at least 250 people dead and tens of thousands displaced since fighting broke out in the western state of Rakhine in 2012.

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President orders investigations into Daham’s nightclub scandal

(NIDAHASA News) President Maithiripala Sirisena call for an investigation into the Colombo nightclub attack allegedly carried out by his own son.

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(NIDAHASA News) President Maithiripala Sirisena call for an investigation into the Colombo nightclub attack allegedly carried out by his own son.

A group allegedly led by Sirisena’s son Daham attacked Clique nightclub at Town Hall, Colombo last Friday (07), allegedly after they were denied entry to the nightclub around 2.00 am. A security guard was admitted to the Colombo National Hospital following the attack with head injuries.
However, speaking to Sri Lanka Mirror web site, police denied any connection of President’s son to the incident.
“He had arrived there around 7.00 pm, and it was a long time later that the clash took place,” Sri Lanka Mirror quoted the police.
In 2013, during the time his father was a minister, Daham Sirisena was accused of attacking a youth at Passikudah beach.

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Severe weather: over 200 families missing

(NIDAHASA News) Over 200 families missing after a massive landslide in Aranayaka, in Kegalla district.

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(NIDAHASA News) Over 200 families missing after a massive landslide in Aranayaka, in Kegalla district.

“16 bodies have already been recovered and about 180 people have been rescued,” said military spokesman Brigadier Jayanath Jayaweera.

“The task is to figure out what happened to them,” the Red Cross said in a statement, noting that some people may have left after local officials warned earlier this week of possible landslides.

The Disaster Management Center (DMC) reported over 350,000 people were affected by floods and landslides caused by massive rains.

Meanwhile warning has been issued to several suburbs areas of capital Colombo due to the increasing water level or Kelani river. People living in Wellampitiya, Megoda Kolonnawa, Sedawatte, Kohilawatte and surrounding areas have been asked to move to a safe place.

The depression, named BOB 01 is currently moving towards South India; however rain will continue for several areas in Sri Lanka until the end of this week, weather specialists say.

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Sri Lanka's firebrand Buddhist monk arrested

(NIDAHASA News) Supporters of Galagodaatte Gnansara started a violent protest in front of Homagama court after magistrate ordered to remand infamous Buddhist monk till 09th February.

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(NIDAHASA News) Supporters of Galagodaatte Gnansara started a violent protest in front of Homagama court after magistrate ordered to remand infamous Buddhist monk till 09th February.

The General Secretary of extreme Buddhist movement Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) surrendered to the court this morning (26) after magistrate ordered police to arrest the for alleged contempt of court. He was accused of making an argument with the judge during the court hearing of disappeared journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda's habeas corpus.

Gnanasara has alleged that arresting the Army officers over Ekneligoda's disappearance was illegal and the prosecution should be arrested for “illegal arrests” of military officers. The counsel representing the missing journalist's family informed the court that the monk has also threatened the journalist's wife Sandhya.

Protesters, including a group of monks attempted to enter the court premises challenging the court's order to arrest their General Secretary and tried to block the prison vehicle. Police however managed to take Gnanasara to the remand prison with the support of extra police team.

Gnanasara and his BBS had been accused of inflaming religious tension between Majority Buddhists and Muslims. They were also accused of being a cat's paw of previous Rajapaksa regime. However BBS denied any secret relationship with Rajapaksa brothers.

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